GAANN Fellowships

Ph.D. Fellowships in Polymer Science
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)

The Polymer Program, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut is the recent recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  All qualified applicants will be considered for GAANN Fellowships as well as other types of financial aid, including research assistantships and other fellowships.

Eligibility: GAANN requires that in selecting individuals to receive fellowships, an academic department shall consider only individuals who:

  1. Are currently enrolled as graduate students or have been accepted at the grantee institution;
  2. Have an excellent academic record;
  3. Have financial need;
  4. Are planning to pursue the highest possible degree available in their course of study
  5. Are planning a career in teaching or research;
  6. Are not ineligible to receive assistance under 34 CFR 75.60 (in default on a Federal loan); and
  7. Are citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States; provide evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service that they are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming permanent residents; or are citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States (the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).

We particularly encourage applications from students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

To apply for a GAANN Fellowship, you must:
Submit an application for Graduate school at the University of Connecticut. (

Specify ‘Polymer Science’ as your field of study. Applications for admission for Fall 2019 are due January 10, 2019.

Provide evidence of financial need by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FAFSA online at (University of Connecticut Federal School Code 001417)